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LSFD Advisory Message: At 7am a Freezing Rain Advisory in effect until noon. A Winter Storm Watch starts Saturday at 6am and goes to 6am Sunday.
December 20, 2013 7:22 a.m.
Winter Storm Watch - Starts at 6 a.m. Saturday and goes to 6 a.m. Sunday morning
*Timing - Temperatures have fallen below freezing as of 4am. Pockets of freezing drizzle and showers of light freezing rain will continue through this morning and ending around noon.
*Ice Accumulations of a few hundredths of an inch are expected where freezing drizzle occurs. With gusty north winds, even a small amount of drizzle will produce a thin glaze of ice on untreated roads.
A larger and stronger winter storm system will begin to affect the area Saturday afternoon. * Impacts - Freezing rain is expected to spread into the area Saturday morning. The longer temps remain below freezing, the more icing that will occur. It is anticipated that minor ice accumulations of one tenth to one quarter of an inch will occur, resulting in slick and hazardous road conditions and possible down small limbs.
Any freezing rain Saturday afternoon will quickly transition to sleet and then all snow Saturday evening. Snow may be heavy at times. Although changes in the storm track may alter specific snow amounts, conditions appear favorable for widespread snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches across a large portion of the KC metro area Saturday night. Snow will taper off to flurries by daybreak Sunday. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:
A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE MAY CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.